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Honda HRX217VKA (21") 186cc Select Drive™ Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

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Model: HRX217VKA
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4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
331 Reviews
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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
21

Cutting Inches
Engine
Premium Honda GCV190 186cc 4-Cycle Engine
Longer engine life, powerful and easy to start

Innovative Select Drive™ Variable Speed Drive System
Use the speed adjust dial to set desired speed range
Let's you control your speed while you mow
Select Drive™ handle forms a comfortable, one-piece handlebar

21-Inch Worry-Free Nexite® Cutting Deck w/ Lifetime Warranty
High impact resistant material does not dent, rust, or corrode

Patented 4-In-1 Versamow System™ w/ Clip Director® Control
Mulch, bag, rear discharge or shred w/ no parts to lose
Maximizes the flow of grass clippings & minimizes clogging

MicroCut™ Twin Blade System
Four cutting surfaces to cut grass into tiny pieces
Mow up to 50% farther between "empties" when using rear bagger

High Capacity 2.5 Bushel Rear Grass Bag
Simple on/off design makes it easier than ever to empty

9-Inch Ball-Bearing Supported Wheels
7 position cutting height adjustment (3/4" to 4")

Quick Release 3-Position Handle
Easy height adjustment and folds up for compact storage


Engine
Engine Brand
Honda GCV
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
186 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.29 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Torque
8.3 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
90 Days
Deck
Cutting Options
4-in-1 (Rear/Bag/Mulch/Shred)
Deck Material
NeXite
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Width
21 Inches
Cutting Height
0.75-4.0 Inches
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
3.6 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Mulcher Kit
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
9 Inch
Rear Tire Size
9 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
89 Pounds
Product Length
64.5 Inches
Product Width
23.0 Inches
Product Height
40.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
UPC
786102003131
Model
HRX217VKA
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  3 Questions
Q: Who fixes the mower while on warranty?
by Chantel from Nebraska on April 26, 2016

A: Chantel - the Honda warranty is a nationwide warranty, so you can take the mower to any Honda authorized service center in your area should warranty repairs ever be required. We have a link at the bottom of our web site for "service centers" if you want to find the closest Honda authorized service center in your area.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does it have a discharge chute rear or side capability is this a optional equipment
by Marty from Indiana on April 30, 2015

A: Marty - on the Honda HRX series mowers, if you remove the bagger from the rear of the mower, the discharge guard will swing down and and allow for grass clippings to be discharged out of the rear of the mower deck.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Good morning,

I see that the Honda HRX217HZA has a non-metal mowing deck (with a lifetime warranty). What material is it made out of and on an uneven surface will the deck flex? Thanks

by Floyd Sandlin from Washington on August 11, 2012

A: Floyd - the mower deck on the Honda HRX217HZA is made from "NEXITE", which is a polymer material that is very similar to what is used to make football helmets and car bumpers. The mower will not flex when mowing uneven surfaces.
by Jose, Product Expert
Honda HRX217VKA Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (124)
High Quality (106)
Easy To Start (103)
Reliable (71)
I'd Buy It Again (56)
Cons
Expensive (64)
None (50)
Heavy (26)
Difficult To Use (7)
Low Quality (7)
91% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
331 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Matt H.
Mount Pleasant, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/24/15
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quiet Mower, Groomed Lawn
Purchased this mower in April 2015, used about 10 times now. Mower is a pleasure to use-- takes the work out of mowing. It's operable one-handed, most difficult thing with mowing is deciding what beverage to hold while doing it. Twin blade system does a great job of leaving a smooth lawn and very small clippings. I would definitely buy again.
Matt Recommends This Honda Mower
Matt's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy to find what I was looking for on their website. great price, fast shipping... what else could I want?!"
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Charles B
Fayetteville, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/26/15
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
APR.
28
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
I Expected More
I purchased this mower a little less than two years ago due to its rating by Mowers Direct, numerous positive reviews and its expected quality being a Honda product. I always use top quality fuel with fuel stabilizer but when I went to crank it up this season the mower would not keep a stable idle and would not fully throttle up. I checked the air filter, spark plug and the gas was clean. I contacted Jose who confirmed that the mower had a 5 year warranty. I brought the mower to a local... more
Pros: Quiet, Features
Cons: Expensive, Low Quality, Unreliable
Charles Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Mike M.
Austin, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/25/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Even Better Than Expected
I have always wanted a Honda mower and finally made the purchase a couple of weeks ago. The mower arrived from Mowers Direct in less than a week and was delivered right to my door. The mower was simple to assemble and after installing the engine oil and fuel, the mower started on the first pull. The mower is smooth and powerful. The speed control has an infinite amount of adjustment and can mow much faster than I can walk. The quality of this mower is without equal and I am certain it will... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Easy To Start, Reliable
Cons: None
Mike Recommends This Honda Mower
Mike's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The buying process was simple and delivery was prompt."
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Joseph D.
Charleston, SC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/20/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Class Mowing
First time out of the box, first pull, and the mower started. It does not need to be chocked any more, and runs like a dream.
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Start, I'd Buy It Again
Joseph Recommends This Honda Mower
Joseph's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Product was shipped in a very timely manner, and came in well protected and undamaged from the trip."
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Christopher W.
Glendale, AZ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/17/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Used 4 Times So Far And All Is Well
Works great...best thing about this mower is I see all the professional lawn crews using it around town. Pretty solid.
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Start, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: None
Christopher Recommends This Honda Mower
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Steven V.
Reading, VT
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
You Won't Be Disappointed
After about a half a dozen mows, I can say that I am pleasantly surprised. The powered drive works so well that you really don't have to do any pushing. It's easily controlled by the lever. When you do have to push, the mower is much lighter than my older Toro metal based model. Of course, that means, possibly, that the Honda won't wear as well. The cutting quality is great. I've mulched over grass and leaves and then mowed over that with the bag attached and have gotten perfectly cut up... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Exceeded Expectations, Fast
Cons: None
Steven Recommends This Honda Mower
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Keith M.
North Eastern, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/17/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
09
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Mower I've Owned
So having looked at the Pros check boxes I was tempted to check Exceeded Expectations, but I haven’t had the mower for very long with only 3 uses. I will say this I am very impressed with this mower and it lives up to the other extensive good reviews around the web and YouTube. The first mow was after IRMA with about 4” of debris in the yard of high St. Augustine grass. Mulched right through it and the engine never bogged down. It is fast. Would recommend and buy again. Exceeding Expectations... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Start, Features, Easy To Store
Cons: None
Keith Recommends This Honda Mower
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Dean M.
Shady Shores, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/14/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
07
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just About Perfect
Easy ordering. Shipped on time. No damage. Starts right up. Functions as described. Buy it.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Easy To Start, Reliable
Cons: Expensive, None
Dean Recommends This Honda Mower
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Richard B.
Decatur, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/13/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
04
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good, With One Exception
When I opened the box, I was impressed by the quality of materials and construction. Everything appeared to be made to close tolerances.

I put in oil and gas, and it started on the first pull. That was impressive. Adjusting the wheel height was easy.

The assembly of the bag and frame should have been straightforward, but the gap between the top of the mower deck and the top of the bag made it seem like something was wrong. I looked at HRX217's online and saw that the gap was normal.

I don't... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Quiet, Fast
Cons: Spews dirt and clippings
Richard Recommends This Honda Mower
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Arthur G.
Madera, CA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/20/17
REVIEWED
APR.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
An Exceptional Mower To Use
For decades, I've used another brand of mower so this is the first Honda mower that I've ever used. It's a sweet ride for three main reasons. First, the paddle to control mower speed is convenient and easy to use even in the middle of mowing. Second, the mower does a great job of creating a suction under the blade which means the mulching is exceptionally done. And lastly, the mower is quieter than I expected, making my mowing experience more enjoyable!
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Awkward oil fill location
Arthur Recommends This Honda Mower
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Ken E
Massapequa, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/9/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
01
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Hardly Anything Is Perfect
When string is pulled, it starts. The mowers' wheels are not made of rubber which makes for a more bumpy ride. If the grass is moist, the clippings adhere to the inside walls. After mowing, the mower needs to be turned on side for hosing. The variable speed dial can move on its own, causing the mower to slow down.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Start, Fast, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, Heavy
Ken Does Not Recommend This Mower
Ken's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower delivered as promised."
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